Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Wilderness Explorer

Year built1976  /  Age : 42
Flag state USA
BuilderEastern Shipbuilding Group (Panama City, Florida USA)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerInnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc
OperatorUnCruise Adventures
Speed11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph
Length (LOA)57 m / 187 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage910 gt
Passengers74 - 84
Crew26
Passengers-to-space ratio12
Decks3
Cabins37
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2012
Former namesSpirit of Discovery

Current itinerary of Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka. Prices start from USD 3687 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 22 Sep, 2018 and ends on 29 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
22 Sep      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
23 Sep     destination and ports TBA (Captain's choice)   
24 Sep     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
25 Sep     Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska   
26 Sep     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
27 Sep     At Sea   
28 Sep     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
29 Sep      Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   

Review of Wilderness Explorer

In 2012 Wilderness Explorer joined the Un-Cruise Adventures’ fleet and became its 3rd expedition ship. Originally built in 1976 by “Eastern Shipbuilding” as the 86-passenger “Spirit of Discovery” (Cruise West company), the ship was renovated in 2012 in order to sail on Alaska-Glacier Bay itineraries.

History - construction & ownership

The 910-ton, 74-passenger cruise ship Wilderness Explorer sails in Southeast Alaska during summer months. Ship’s hull design and her shallow draft allow easy access to Alaska’s wildlife and a variety of adventure excursions. Each Un-Cruise Adventures’ ship navigates together with a fishing boat that is fully-equipped.Wilderness Explorer

Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly American Safari Cruises) is an USA-based, wholly-owned cruise company, a subsidiary of InnerSea Discoveries Alaska. In 2013, the American Safari Cruises line was renamed to "Un-Cruise Adventures".. Currently the cruise company has 2 headquarters - main headquarters in Seattle WA and second in Juneau AK.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Wilderness Explorer schedule calendar includes Alaska small ship cruises departing from JuneauKetchikan and Sitka.

Cabins

Wilderness Explorer has 3 passenger decks and only 37 cabins, all of which are Oceanview. The cabin grades number is 3. Wilderness Explorer has a lounge that is much larger than the one on board the other Un-Cruise Adventures’ vessels. The staterooms, even though the same size, feel much bigger. 

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Meals onboard the Wilderness Explorer are served buffet-style at set times. Soda, juice and lemonade are included in cruise price. The pastry chef guarantees guests will replenish calories quickly.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Wilderness Explorer has a Spa area with sauna, massage room and a hot tub. The Un-Cruise Explorer ship easily visits areas that larger ships cannot and offers adventure equipment including paddle boards, kayaks, inflatable skiffs, hydrophone and underwater camera (linked to yacht’s lounge and stateroom TVs).

Wilderness Explorer wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 3
  • Total number of cabins: 37 (of which all are Oceanview).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Dining Room.
  • Lounges & Bars: Lounge, Bar (Douglas fir).
  • Spa area (with jacuzzi, sauna, massage, fitness equipment, yoga classes), kayaks, paddle boards, expedition gear, bow viewing area, swim step and kayak launching platform, bow-mounted underwater camera, library.
  • In 2012, the Wilderness Explorer ship became the 3rd expedition cruise ship in the fleet of the Un-Cruise company. Originally built for the Cruise West line (as the 86-passenger MV Spirit of Discovery), the vessel was extensively renovated to accommodate 76 passengers on Alaska Glacier Bay cruise itineraries between Sitka and Juneau.
  • Wilderness Explorer features a larger lounge compared the other Un-Cruise ships. Its passenger cabins, even though with the same footage, feel bigger. 
  • All Un-Cruise ships have navy blue colored hulls. The Explorer ship is a great choice for those who like expedition-style Alaska cruising and activities, combined with onboard luxury amenities. The other Un-Cruise "Wilderness" ships are Discoverer and Adventurer.
  • Wilderness Explorer is a typical expedition cruise ship equipped with paddle boards and kayaks; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles. The ship also has a hydrophone (for below water surface sounds) and underwater camera (real-time images are displayed on all the TVs onboard).
  • Together with some of its fleetmates, this ship was formerly owned and operated as "Spirit of Discovery" by the Cruise West line (1973-2010, now defunct). Based in Seattle WA (USA), at its peak Cruise West had a fleet of 9 small ships (capacity between 78 and 138 passengers). They operated on cruise itineraries in Alaska, British Columbia and also in the Pacific Ocean (Sea of Cortes, Panama, South Pacific islands, East Asia and Russia). The line ceased operations in September 2010.
  • From the former Cruise West fleet are also the ships Spirit of Columbia (Baranof Dream), Spirit of Alaska (Admiralty Dream), Spirit of Glacier Bay (Chichagof Dream), Spirit of Endeavour (Safari Endeavour), Spirit of ’98 (Safari Legacy, now SS Legacy), Spirit of Yorktown (Americana).

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Wilderness Explorer Itineraries

The below listed Wilderness Explorer cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest UnCruise Adventures fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 26 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka$8128
2018 May 26 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka$4378
2018 Jun 02 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau$4148
2018 Jun 09 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan$8822
2018 Jun 09 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan$4148
2018 Jun 16 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau$5072
2018 Jun 23 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka$9225
2018 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka$5072
2018 Jun 30 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau$4610
2018 Jul 07 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan$9225
2018 Jul 07 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan$4610
2018 Jul 14 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau$5072
2018 Jul 21 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka$9225
2018 Jul 21 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka$5072
2018 Jul 28 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau$4610
2018 Aug 04 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan$9225
2018 Aug 04 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan$4610
2018 Aug 11 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau$5072
2018 Aug 18 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka$8822
2018 Aug 18 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka$5072
2018 Aug 25 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau$4148
2018 Sep 01 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan$8128
2018 Sep 01 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan$4148
2018 Sep 08 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau$4378
2018 Sep 15 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka$4378
2018 Sep 22 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau$3687
2018 Sep 29 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka$3687
2018 Sep 29 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau$3744